Captain Montalván, a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army including multiple combat tours in Iraq, was decorated with numerous awards including two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge. In 2007, Captain Montalván honorably departed the military and in 2010 he completed a master's of science from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
In 2012, Montalván was a finalist for a APA Audie Award beside four other nominees including Tina Fey and Michael Moore. Until Tuesday is also a 2012 International Latino Book Awards finalist. Luis is the recipient of a 2011 Voice Award (SAMHSA/USDH&HS) and the 2011 Invisible Hero Honors Award (IDA) for his efforts to educate the public about trauma and the real experiences of veterans and people with disabilities -- to help empower them on the journey of healing.
From issues relating to service members, veterans and their families to those pertaining to Americans with disabilities, Montalván has written for numerous publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Military Review, and regularly appears on local, national, and global media. Among the outlets that he and his faithful service dog, Tuesday, have been featured on are NPR, CNN, National Geographic and The Late Show with David Letterman.